October 12th, 2016

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Vote Loki

No, really -- that's an actual 4-issue Marvel mini-series that wrapped up a couple of weeks ago, and I just got to the end of it. It more or less goes as you'd expect: Loki pulls a publicity stunt, at the end of which he "lets himself be talked into" running for President. (This makes more sense with the current Marvel incarnation of Loki, who is the much-more-interesting God of Stories, not the older God of Evil he used to be. Think a *very* mischievous version of Coyote.)

The series is kind of a hoot, a thinly-veiled metaphor for modern politics, in which Loki's publicly-stated motto is, "I'm going to lie to you, right to your face, and make you love me for it". Over the course of the story, he gives a masterclass in modern politics, taking every nasty revelation about himself and spinning it into a positive.

The ending -- well, suffice it to say, he's not the President of Earth-616. But the really *unsettling* thing about it is that, in the end, he blows the election by being significantly more decent and honest in public than anything we've seen from Donald Trump, and thereby alienating his core constituency. As morals go, it's a rather uncomfortable one...